Reading For Understanding Three #52A

Thelma Thurstone -- The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Many people consider it as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free until they are fit to use their freedom. If people wait for liberty until they become wise and good in slavery, they may indeed wait forever. The case is much like that of the two children who resolved not to go into the water until
  2. Your answer:
    they became free.
    slavery was abolished.
    the water came to them.
    they learned to swim.


  3. In all ages, "the everlasting hills" have been extolled in song and story. But evidence gathered by geologists shows that even hills or mountains of rock are subject to the process of erosion through the action of climate, wind, and water. The hills seem everlasting because the wearing away of the soil and rock by these natural agents is so slow and the change is so gradual that in a human life span it is
  4. Your answer:
    constantly changing.
    almost imperceptible.
    generally denied.
    almost completed.


  5. The sovereign has power that is sufficiently ample and extensive within the state to provide a remedy for every wrong in all possible emergencies and contingencies. Consequently, a power that is not derived from such authority, springing up in a state, must encroach upon the power of the sovereign and in proportion as the new power enlarges, the powers of the rightful sovereign must be diminished. Indeed, they cannot long subsist together but must be continually militant, until
  6. Your answer:
    one of them is destroyed.
    no one is able to rule.
    both are supreme.
    both powers concede.


  7. There is a wealth of good American literature today, but this was not always the case. Years ago a foreign critic scoffed, "Who reads an American book? Literature? The Americans have none. It is all
  8. Your answer:
    inspired."
    forgotten."
    imported."
    written."


  9. The first Olympics race was held in Greece in 776 B.C. Other sports were added by the Greeks, and the athletes from other nations competed. In A.D. 394, the games became so corrupt that they were abolished. In 1896, the Olympic games were revived in Athens. Now the games are held every four years, but they are not always held in the same city. They have been held in many different countries. Overall,
  10. Your answer:
    the host of the games is Greece.
    the games are very expensive.
    the games are the national preoccupation of Greece.
    the games have a long history.


  11. The human hand uses thirty-five powerful muscles, twenty of which are in the hand itself and fifteen in the forearm. This distribution gives the hand its strength and dexterity. If all thirty-five muscles were in the hand alone, the fingers would be greatly thickened, and the hand would decrease in
  12. Your answer:
    awkwardness.
    muscles.
    size.
    mobility.


  13. Rattlesnakes are found only in North and South America. The rattlesnake, like most snakes, eats mainly rodents, although one species of rattler also eats lizards, frogs, and small snakes. In this way, rattlesnakes help to preserve the balance of nature, as do nonpoisonous snakes. Since the bite of the rattlesnake is highly poisonous, however, rattlesnakes are not usually
  14. Your answer:
    disturbed by people.
    regarded as beneficial.
    classified as American.
    considered dangerous.


  15. It is not only necessary but also enlightening merely to sit, listen, and observe on some occasions. Often it has been said that the spectators see more of any athletic contest than anyone else. In many situations, in fact, a spectator can usually take note of what is happening as well, if not better, than one who is
  16. Your answer:
    paying attention.
    involved in the fray.
    actually present.
    on the winning team.


  17. A borrowed speech is seldom as well received by the second audience as it was received by the first audience, when it was given by the original speaker. It is like a suit tailored with special measurements being worn by a different person whose proportions are different from those of the one for whom it was
  18. Your answer:
    cut.
    borrows.
    written.
    loaned.


  19. In Gothic architecture, gargoyles are weird stone figures, sometimes half-animal and half-human. The gargoyles are built with a hollow channel inside to help carry water away from the room of a building. A similar design in art and architecture is a weird animal figure called a chimera. In Greek mythology, the chimera was a fire-eating monster. The chimeras are only decorative now and do not serve to drain water. It is not correct to call a chimera
  20. Your answer:
    decorative.
    a gargoyle.
    a monster.
    fanciful.



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